McKinney Avenue Contemporary presents @20 Part II and Christopher Cascio: Current Obsessions opening reception
In 2014, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary celebrates 20 years in operation. The MAC opened as an alternative exhibition space in 1994 as the first venue in North Texas where contemporary art in all disciplines could be explored under one roof. With exhibitions by more than 300 regional, national, and international contemporary artists, The MAC is home to some of the most inspiring, challenging and riveting art in Dallas and North Texas.
Two group exhibitions celebrate The MAC’s 20th Anniversary in two installments, featuring artists who have held solo exhibitions or have been part of a curated group exhibition. In May 2014, MAC@20 Part I featured exhibiting artists from 1994 through 2004. In November 2014, MAC@20 Part II will feature exhibiting artists from 2004 through 2014.
Cascio was chosen as the recipient of this year’s one-person exhibition in the New Works Space out of 15 artists nominated by The MAC PAC Exhibition Committee members. The selection process included a panel discussion reviewing each of the artist’s work by The MAC’s Board of Directors and a vote held by The MAC PAC at large.
Cascio’s exhibition will explore themes of collecting, hoarding, addiction, ritual practices, and commercial branding through an installation of paintings, collages and transfer drawings based on his most current obsession. Exploiting his compulsive tendencies, Cascio will completely transform the gallery into a space that blurs the line between passion and pathology by aestheticizing a hoard of items surrounding an idea or issue. Meticulously saved remnants from Cascio’s process of cutting and organizing images into categorical compositions will surround the artwork along with other items acquired during the works’ creation including source material, art supplies, production cast-offs, beer bottles, and other objects relating to the installation.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display through December 20.